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Voyage To Nepal: Nepal Airlines/Buddha Air (Pics)  
User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 29861 times:

Voyage to Nepal with Nepal Airlines & Buddha Air

Background: The whole thing started in August this year, as I began planning for my annual winter vacation. This time I was travelling alone, so I could mix business (sightseeing) with pleasure (spotting)   After some research on probable destinations, I decided to visit Nepal. For Indians, visiting Nepal is absolutely hassle-free as you do not need a passport or a visa (only an identification document), and Indian currency is accepted as legal tender!

There are no direct flights from BOM to KTM anymore, so I searched for options from DEL. In addition to the plain vanilla IC and 9W flights, I had an option of choosing between Cosmic Air (F5) and Nepal Airlines (RA). I chose Cosmic Air to try their exotic Fokker 100s, but there was no guarantee that the airline would resume its flights soon, so I asked my travel agent to book me on RA instead. I had never flown on 757s before – there are none in India – so this was a good chance to add this type to my log. I booked tickets on the superfast Rajdhani Express train between BOM and DEL to satisfy my train spotting (or railfanning) interest as well!

1) DEL-KTM

Reaching the airport: DEL Terminal 2, which handles all the international flights, is situated on the opposite side of the airport from the Domestic Terminal. It took me just over 30 minutes by taxi to reach the airport from the hotel. There was a sizeable crowd of people at the Hajj terminal, which is understandable considering the Hajj season is currently underway. There seemed to be quite a lot of work being done on the construction of the new Terminal 3, and it looked massive. It is scheduled to open in 2010, in time for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi.

As I got out of my taxi, I got a jolt as the departure board showed a one hour delay for my flight. Cursing RA, I made my way inside and was greeted by the recently refurbished terminal.



Check-In: The check-in counters opened at 1200 – two and half hours before the new departure time, and there was already a queue. I requested for an aisle seat in the second last row, but the check-in agent probably did not understand what I had asked for and assigned me seat 7B. However, the load looked light from the number of people assembled there so changing seats would not be an issue. The boarding pass itself was hand-written with only the flight number and destination stamped on using a rubber stamp!



The immigration process took not more than 5 minutes, after which I proceeded towards the Security Check. This too took hardly 10 minutes, and I then decided to check out the duty free area. The duty free area has also been refurbished and expanded recently and in addition to the usual liquor-cigarettes-perfume stuff, had a nice collection of traditional Indian handicraft and souvenirs.

The Wait: After whiling away time at the duty free shop, I proceeded towards Gate No. 4, which was assigned to our flight. There were not more than 30-35 people sitting there waiting for the flight, so it indeed looked like a light load. There was a steady stream of arrivals at that hour and in addition to the usual domestic stuff, the notable sightings were a CX 333, CI 333, VS 346 and an FG 727.



Even as the clock struck 2PM, there was no sign of the arrival of our aircraft. The departures screen still showed the departure time as 1430 and status as “Delayed” I wonder how we were going to leave on time! As I was mulling over this thought, the confirmation of a further delay came. Our departure was now pushed back to 1515. Bored of waiting, I sat down and waited patiently for our 757 to arrive.



Finally at 1420, I saw the tail of our aircraft emerge from behind the terminal building, and this was noticed by a few others as well. The word spread around quickly and people stood up and lined up at the windows to get a glimpse of the aircraft. It was almost as if an A380 had arrived there!



The 757 was docked at the gate and soon a stream of people started flowing out. After some five minutes, I realized that something was wrong. There was a growing group of people including Nepalis and Westerners who were detained and had been asked to wait at the side, while the others proceeded towards the Immigration area. After everyone had exited, the RA ground staff was seen having discussions with the detained group, which included examination of documents and questioning. I have absolutely no idea of what was happening but this process lasted nearly 20 minutes!

Finally, at 1500, the group dispersed and the boarding announcement came. A collective sigh of relief went around the departure hall, as the bored people surprisingly queued up in an orderly fashion to board the aircraft.


Sector: DEL-KTM
Airline: Nepal Airlines
Flight: RA 206
Aircraft: Boeing 757-2F8C
Registration: 9N-ACB 'Gandaki’
Scheduled Departure: 1325 Actual Departure: 1520
Scheduled Arrival: 1525 Actual Arrival: 1735
Seat: 7B



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Boarding: There was no sequential boarding, and people just lined up in a single queue. I was greeted by a warm “Namaste” by a smiling FA, who looked at my boarding pass and ushered me to the mini-Economy Class cabin upfront, just behind the Shangri-La class (Business Class) cabin. Row 7 was the last row of this mini-cabin. This particular aircraft – 9N-ACB was originally built as a Combi – the only 757 Combi ever built, but has always been operated in an all passenger configuration. The remnants of the forward cargo door can be seen from the outside.

The boarding process was completed in quick time and at 1520, the aircraft doors were closed. Only the window seat was occupied in my row, and the aisle seat was free, so I moved myself to seat 7C.

The Flight: We waited and waited for the pushback to begin, but the aircraft did not move an inch. After a while, the captain announced that there was a technical issue with the ground tug, and we would push back once it was resolved. Finally, at 1545, we were pushed back and one by one the Rolls Royce RB211 engines came alive. With one last check of the flaps and ailerons, we began our taxi towards Runway 28.

As we reached taxiway Whiskey, we did not slow down or stop to line up on the runway, but proceeded straight instead – towards Runway 27. Apparently Runway 28 was shut for maintenance, and we were to take off from the oldest runway at DEL. We lined up and after a minute or so, got our take-off clearance. With a loud growl, the RB 211s powered our aircraft down the runway, and after a 40 second roll, we lifted off into the hazy Delhi sky.

As soon as the seat-belt signs were switched off, the crew appeared and distributed the Nepali immigration cards. As soon as this was done, they began their meal service. As it was a short flight, the drink and lunch service was combined. Even then, the collection of drinks – alcoholic and otherwise was quite decent. I chose a Heineken beer to go with my non-vegetarian meal.



The meal itself was quite good, not quite in the AI/IC league but still much better than some other airlines.

As I was finishing the meal, I looked through the windows and saw a neat line of snow capped Himalayan peaks in the distance! What a sight it was – the peaks shimmered in the light of the evening sun.



Meal finished, I headed to the main Economy cabin and saw that we had a load factor of only 30% or so. I wonder if it is profitable for RA to operate this route.

I settled down in my seat as the crew began preparations for landing. It had become quite dark on the ground now, as we were heading east, and I could make out the lights in small towns below. We soon lined up with Runway 02, and descended amidst some haze covered mountains.



At exactly 1735, we touched down smoothly, but then the pilots deployed some heavy reversers to slow us down rapidly. As we exited the runway, I could see our sister aircraft – 9N-ACA along with a QR A320 parked at the apron.

Slowly, people started de-planing and I clicked one final shot of the Shangri-La Class cabin and thanked the crew before leaving. We were then bussed to the Arrivals section of the Tribhuvan International Airport. As I made my way to the Immigration area, I saw a huge queue of people waiting to get their Nepali visas processed. Thankfully, I did not have to join the queue, and passed through an empty immigration counter by showing my Indian passport and submitting the Nepali arrival card.



Within minutes, my bag appeared over the conveyor belt and I made my way out of the terminal and into the chilly Kathmandu evening.

Flight Rating:

Ticket Price: 4/5

Punctuality: 2/5

Aircraft condition: 3/5

Cabin crew: 4/5

Food: 3/5

Ground handling: 4/5

Overall (Average): 3.33

2) Everest Experience Mountain flight

Background: I had heard and read a lot about the mountain sight-seeing flights in Nepal. I decided to experience one of these and booked myself on Buddha Air’s “Everest Experience” flight leaving KTM at 0730.

Reaching the airport: The reporting time at the airport was 0700. This meant I had to wake up at 0600 and leave the hotel at 0630. That too, in a weather that is just perfect for sleeping   Nevertheless, the anticipation and excitement of viewing the Himalayas from 25000ft meant that I was up and running in no time at all. The taxi ride to the airport took around 25 minutes, and soon I found myself in the crowded domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport.

Check-In: There were quite a few domestic and sightseeing flights departing at that time, which meant a huge chaos at the check-in counters and beyond. One has to pay Departure tax even for a sightseeing flight in Nepal, and after doing so, I checked-in for my flight.

Security check was done in a jiffy, and I proceeded to the departure hall of the terminal, which looked more like a state transport bus station rather than an airport. There were people everywhere and not enough seats. In addition to this, there were no prominent flight display screens or announcements. One had to be alert at all times, as the boarding announcements were shouted out by the ground staff. There were many people waiting for the various mountain flights which meant that these are quite popular amongst tourists.

Soon, I learnt that our flight was delayed and we would depart at around 0800. I stood there looking out at all the usual traffic – Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines and Nepal Airlines. The tiny propeller driven aircraft were buzzing everywhere like flies!


Sector: KTM-KTM (Everest Experience flight)
Airline: Buddha Air
Flight: BHA 201
Aircraft: Beech 1900D
Registration: 9N-AEW
Scheduled Departure: 0730 Actual Departure: 0800
Scheduled Arrival: 0830 Actual Arrival: 0900
Seat: 4A



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Boarding: Our boarding call was shouted out at 0750, and we made our way to the waiting Buddha Air bus. There was a lot of excitement amongst the 16 of us who were to fly on this adventure to the mountains. As we waited to let aircraft taxi by, I was greeted by the sight of the newly inducted ATR-42s of Buddha Air.



A real classic – Nepal Airlines HS748!



Yeti Airlines Twin Otter being prepared for departure



We boarded quickly and soon the lone FA closed the aircraft door.

The Flight: One by one, the propellers turned on, and we began taxiing. We lined up and after a quick take-off roll, took off into the dull and cloudy sky. I started wondering how we would see the distant mountains in such dull weather.



I got my answer in less than five minutes, as we broke through the cloud layer and into some pristine sunshine. There was not even a speck of cloud at that height and the snowy Himalayas were presented to us in their full glory. A medley of oohs and aahs went around the plane along with clicks of more than a dozen cameras.



The FA came around and showed us the various Himalayan peaks.





She then invited people one by one to the cockpit to experience the vista from there. My turn came just as we were approaching Mt. Everest.

What a sight it was!



Views from the other side



As they say, all good things come to an end, and so did this flight. We banked, descended through the clouds and made a swift landing on Runway 02.

Another shot of the cabin.



As we exited the aircraft, the FA handed out flight certificates to each and every passenger stating that they have completed the flight as souvenirs for the flight. Awesome!



The views from the cruising height of 25000 ft are absolutely stunning, and clear. The mountain flight is a must for every aviation enthusiast visiting Nepal.

Flight Rating:

Ticket Price: 5/5

Punctuality: 3/5

Aircraft condition: 4/5

Cabin crew: 4/5

Food: N/A

Ground handling: 3/5

Overall (Average): 3.8

3) KTM-DEL

Reaching the airport: The hotel taxi took me to the airport in 20 minutes. There was a very slow moving queue for entering the terminal. It took me nearly 10 minutes to enter the terminal. After getting my bags screened, I proceeded to pay the departure tax (NPR 1356). The amount is NPR 1695 if you are visiting a non-SAARC country.

Check-In: Thankfully, there were only two people ahead of me in the check-in queue, and I managed to check-in within 10 minutes. Again, I could not get my message of an aisle seat in the second last row through to the check-in agent, and he assigned me seat 20C! Atleast it was an aisle seat  

After completing check-in, I filled up the Nepali departure card and passed through immigration. There are only a few duty-free shops at KTM, and they are nothing special. It’s the same stuff that you get at airports everywhere in the world. There were however a couple of shops selling Nepali souvenirs and picture postcards.


Sector: KTM-DEL
Airline: Nepal Airlines
Flight: RA 205
Aircraft: Boeing 757-2F8C
Registration: 9N-ACA 'Karnali'
Scheduled Departure: 0955 Actual Departure: 0955
Scheduled Arrival: 1110 Actual Arrival: 1145
Seat: 20B



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Boarding: After passing through security, I made my way to an overcrowded departure hall. There were passengers from two other flights apart from ours packed into the same room.



What added to the confusion was the lack of clear display screens and the fact that two of those three flights were headed to DEL. As a result, when the boarding for our flight was announced, passengers from a 9W flight to DEL, which was scheduled to leave at 0930, but was delayed by an hour, joined our queue.



There was a secondary ladder-point security check just before boarding the aircraft. I was greeted at the aircraft door by a smiling FA and I made my way through an already crowded aisle to my seat. It was quite obvious by now that we would have a sizeable load today. Sure enough, there were two more buses filled with people, which arrived in the next five minutes.

The Flight: The doors were closed at 0945, and we looked set for an on time departure. We were pushed back at 0953 – two minutes before time, and slowly we began our taxi towards Runway 02.

We waited at the end of the runway for our clearance, even as a Yeti Airlines Jetstream 41 landed. Even after five minutes, there was no sign of moving, and that is when I saw this!!!



Finally after nearly 20 minutes of waiting, we crawled on to the runway and backtracked till the very end. The engines were throttled up even as we were turning, and we rocketed down the runway and took off. The weather was quite clear and there was absolutely no turbulence.

The drink and breakfast service was started soon, and this time I opted for a vodka & orange juice along with a non-vegetarian breakfast. The drink was quite potent, and I had to go really slow on it to avoid getting a high early in the morning  



Unlike the flight into KTM, the load on this flight was almost 100% and the cabin crew did a good job in finishing the drink, breakfast and the tea/coffee service within 40-45 minutes.

The legroom:



As we flew over the city of Lucknow, the captain announced over the PA system that the delay in take-off at KTM was due to traffic congestion! I don’t know if one movement every three or four minutes is considered as congestion there!!!

The infamous north Indian haze was everywhere as we began our descent into DEL. I couldn’t see anything below, but was trying to make out our heading by looking at the position of the sun. Finally, at 1140, we made a swift landing on the new Runway 11 (11/29) from the Dwarka side. As we taxied towards the terminal, a Finnair MD-11 taxied out towards Runway 10.

That was the end of the flight, I thought but it wasn’t meant to be. Most of the passengers with their hand bags waited in the aisle, but the aircraft doors never opened. After nearly ten minutes, the captain announced that there was a problem with the aerobridge and he requested the passengers to return to their seats. Finally, after a wait of nearly 20 minutes, the aerobridge was fixed, and the passengers made their way out.



I was one of the last ones to leave, after clicking a mandatory parting shot of the cabin  



Our aircraft parked at the gate:



The arrivals area at DEL:



Flight Rating:

Ticket Price: 4/5

Punctuality: 4/5

Aircraft condition: 3/5

Cabin crew: 4/5

Food: 3/5

Ground handling: 4/5

Overall (Average): 3.67

Thus ended an action packed five day voyage to Nepal. Hope you guys enjoyed reading the trip report.

- Vivek

[Edited 2008-12-08 08:40:54]

32 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineJustbala From India, joined Feb 2006, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 29771 times:

Nice TR, Vivek. Would luv to try the Everest Experience flight some day.. havent seen the pics yet (my office n/w very successfully blocks them!!). What was the pricing of the flight compared to 9W and IC?!


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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3231 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 29771 times:

Great report Vivek - thanks for posting!

Those pictures of the Mt. Everest had me surprised, I was expecting to see a single peak stretching high up to the skies! Excellent pictures though  Smile



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User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26975 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 29758 times:

Hi Great report and really interesting. I love the old style J class cabin and the pictures faintly on the wall . Food looks nice also , cant go wrong with curry IMHO.

Would love to visit Nepal one day .

Thanks for the report.

OA260


User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 29475 times:

Wow! Interesting report. Like the pictures a lot, especially the ones taken on the Buddha Air flight. Would love to visit the Andes some day soon.


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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 29378 times:

If I am correct Yeti Air had a crash recently. Food looks good. Interesting to read. Now that things seem to have calmed down in Nepal would like to visit. Thanks.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 28585 times:

Fantastic TR Vivek.
I especially liked those rare Airlines & Aircraft images.
Def one of the best T/Rs on Anet.
cheers.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 28240 times:



Quoting Justbala (Reply 1):
What was the pricing of the flight compared to 9W and IC?!

Thanks Bala! The RA ticket was priced more or less similar to IC, but way cheaper than 9W.

Quoting Nimish (Reply 2):
Great report Vivek - thanks for posting!

Thanks Nimish!

Quoting Oa260 (Reply 3):
Would love to visit Nepal one day .
Thanks for the report.

Thanks Oa260. Yes, Nepal is a must visit place for an aviation enthusiast.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 5):
If I am correct Yeti Air had a crash recently.

Yep. A Yeti Airlines Twin Otter crashed while landing at Lukla airport.

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 6):
Fantastic TR Vivek.

Thanks Mel!

- Vivek


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 27800 times:

Nice report and pics. I too experienced a Buddha Air Beech 1900D on one of the Everest flights last year - it was well worth it.

Good to see a Nepal Airlines report too. Myself and a fellow enthusiast were in KTM on 06DEC. We flew in from DAC on a Biman DC-10 and left to Bahrain on Gulf Air later. We were on standby for GF and the flight was full but luckily we got accepted. Our second option was to purchase tickets on Nepal Airlines to DXB - looks like the experience would have been quite acceptable from your report.

Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 4):
Wow! Interesting report. Like the pictures a lot, especially the ones taken on the Buddha Air flight. Would love to visit the Andes some day soon.

You mean the Himalayas, right?!


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1687 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 27751 times:

Hi Vivek,

What a stunning report!
As a dutchman I'm used to no mountains whatsoever, and then the sighting of the Himalayas just stuns me! Great!
Also a report on Nepal Airlines is quite rare, so very interesting!
Thanks for sharing!

Joost (D-ALCE)



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User currently offlineGte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 27554 times:

I love the photo of the dog on the runway or taxiway!

User currently offlineOjas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2975 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 27525 times:

Excellent TR Vivek!

The pics were truly amazing and watching the Himalayas must surely have been an awesome experience. The food on RA looked good as well., also KTM seems pretty 'congested' airport LOL.


Great job done.



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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 27447 times:

Excellent TR! I don't think I've ever seen one covering this route or RA. I will be flying DEL-KTM-PBH on KB in about 2 and a half weeks and I'll be a doing a TR on it as well.

User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 27262 times:



Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 8):
Nice report and pics. I too experienced a Buddha Air Beech 1900D on one of the Everest flights last year - it was well worth it.

Thank you! Yep, the Mountain Flight sure is worth every penny. A must-do for every aviation enthusiast!  Smile

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 8):
Good to see a Nepal Airlines report too. Myself and a fellow enthusiast were in KTM on 06DEC.

Oh! So we missed running into each other by a couple of weeks!!  Wink

Quoting DALCE (Reply 9):
Hi Vivek,
What a stunning report!

Thank you Joost!

Quoting Gte439u (Reply 10):
I love the photo of the dog on the runway or taxiway!

Hehe...The dog was on the runway and was moving around quite coolly. I was shocked to see it moving around right where aircraft touch down!  Wow!

Quoting Ojas (Reply 11):
Excellent TR Vivek!

also KTM seems pretty 'congested' airport LOL.

Thanks Ojas. Yes, it was "congested" Big grin But really nice traffic there.....

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 12):
Excellent TR! I don't think I've ever seen one covering this route or RA. I will be flying DEL-KTM-PBH on KB in about 2 and a half weeks and I'll be a doing a TR on it as well.

Thanks MHTripple7! Wow - Druk Air!! That will be another first I think. All the best for your trip, and waiting to see your trip report  Smile

P.S. While flying from DEL to KTM, ask for seats on the left side of the aircraft (seat A). This will give you a fabulous view of the Himalayan peaks.  bigthumbsup 

- Vivek


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8541 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 26966 times:
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Hi Vivek,

Great report and pictures, the scenery is just stunning, must have felt amazing to be there.

I note that you manage to fly the ENTIRE fleet of Nepal Airlines 757's, well done  Smile

Look forward to more TR's.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1105 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 26751 times:



Quoting Vivekman2006 (Reply 13):
Thanks MHTripple7! Wow - Druk Air!! That will be another first I think. All the best for your trip, and waiting to see your trip report Smile

P.S. While flying from DEL to KTM, ask for seats on the left side of the aircraft (seat A). This will give you a fabulous view of the Himalayan peaks. bigthumbsup

Thanks for the advice! I will definitely try to get on the left side and try to get some cool pix of the Himalayas.


User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 26731 times:

Great report! How did you find the RA crew? It's been a long time since I last flew RA (HKG-KTM-HKG) but I remember the experience was great, the crews were awesome, the food was delicious even if the hardware had nothing to offer at all.


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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1662 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 26346 times:

Hi Vivek!

a very interesting, and rare report!

The food looked so good on your flights! And the scenery was breathtaking!

Thanks a lot for sharing.

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlinePP705 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 25962 times:

Namaste Vivek
Nice TR. One of the more exciting ones on this site I must say.......especially the Buddha Air one. DEL terminal seems to be changing for the good. How is the atmosphere in Nepal towards Indians, especially since the change of government there?


User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 25676 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 14):
Hi Vivek,
Great report and pictures, the scenery is just stunning, must have felt amazing to be there.

Thanks a lot, Mark!  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 14):
I note that you manage to fly the ENTIRE fleet of Nepal Airlines 757's, well done

Hehehe, yes....A statistic I can be proud of  Wink

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 16):
Great report! How did you find the RA crew?

Thanks so much! The RA crew was pretty friendly, and most of them had a smile on their face always. A couple of them chatted up with me while de-planing at DEL, and were quite happy when I told them that I was going to write a Trip Report.  Smile

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 17):
Hi Vivek!
a very interesting, and rare report!

Thanks Roni! Yes, RA is one of the least reported airlines in the world....

Quoting PP705 (Reply 18):
Namaste Vivek
Nice TR. One of the more exciting ones on this site I must say.......especially the Buddha Air one. DEL terminal seems to be changing for the good. How is the atmosphere in Nepal towards Indians, especially since the change of government there?

Namaste! DEL and BOM both are changing for the better. The upcoming Terminal 3 at DEL is massive.

There is no change in the atmosphere in Nepal at all. The general population is as friendly towards Indians as ever.


User currently offline9W748Capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 587 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 25063 times:

What a great TR! Always cool to see airlines/routes/destinations that are not-so-frequently covered. Had no idea visiting Nepal was this easy - I will definitely have to look into that next time I go to India. Thanks for posting!

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 24603 times:



Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 16):
How did you find the RA crew

A few ex RA crew are flying with us....All fantastic people.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineVivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 24197 times:



Quoting 9W748Capt (Reply 20):
What a great TR! Always cool to see airlines/routes/destinations that are not-so-frequently covered. Had no idea visiting Nepal was this easy - I will definitely have to look into that next time I go to India. Thanks for posting!

Thanks for your kind comments! Nepal is definitely an aviation enthusiast's paradise  Smile

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 21):
A few ex RA crew are flying with us....All fantastic people.

Interesting! So these must be the 757 pilots, correct?

- Vivek


User currently offlineYOWza From Nepal, joined Jul 2005, 4887 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 23723 times:

Good work Vivek! It's good to see the country of my ancestry on A.net from time to time. You have inspire me to file a Myanmar trip report of my own. Coming soon!

YOWza



12A whenever possible.
User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 23713 times:

Vivek it was really great report and trip also.  Wink
Also liked the airline name Buddha Air.



DO FLIGHTS. NOT FIGHTS.
25 Post contains links timb777 : I hope this this wasn't your 1900D! : http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/56...098/Plane-crashes-in-Nepal-19-dead
26 MSS658 : Hi Great and interesting trip report you have there. I'm stunned by the scenery on your Buddha air flight. Nepal airlines looks decent as well. Greeti
27 MEA-707 : Nope, the crashed Beech was the 9N-AEK, Vivek flew on the 9N-AEW. Still it's a sobering thought that people having a similar experience perish afterw
28 Post contains images MIAspotter : Geography FAIL Interesting report and insight into a place not widely covered here. RA seems like a decent airline, I have a friend who is going ther
29 flightsimboy : Sad that the scenic flight you took in Aug, suffered a tragic accident recently. It must be quite tragic to know a flight you experience perished. A g
30 lukeyboy95 : Good to see a TR about this interesting airline. Food looked very old school, and really rather nice! Beautiful photos of the 'hills!"
31 Post contains images vivekman2006 : Thanks timb777, MSS658, MEA-707, MIAspotter, flightsimboy & lukeyboy95. I was surprised to see replies and comments to this nearly two year old re
32 HAWK21M : Thats correct on the B752s.
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